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Sky diving

My plan for this design challenge was to go to the Balloon Festival in New Jersey this past Sunday. Unfortunately, the weather forecast was for rain, thunder and lightening. Balloons don’t do well in those weather conditions. This was very disappointing to say the least. So, my back-up plan was to go to our local airport about 5 miles from my home and photograph sky divers in action. The weather was gray early on and then the sun came out. It turned out to be a great plan. This challenge really had me worried. It was the panoramic element that concerned me. I created a two-page layout.

I drove over to the airport and noticed a crowd of people waiting to be taken up in the planes for their jump. I knew there would be ample opportunities to get great photos because there were over 20 people.

 

There are three spots to view the sky divers. The first is a platform just for that purpose. It overlooks the runway and the landing field for the jumpers to land. This is a very popular place for people to spend a Sunday afternoon. Therefore, it was not my first choice to take my photos. There were lots of little children and they were getting under foot and I didn’t want to hurt anyone.

 

The second location was directly in front of where they land, but farther away. I was able to get some good shots at this location.

 

Then there is the landing site itself. Of course, this is roped off. Behind the ropes were the waiting jumpers, their family and friends. The angle was a bit difficult because I could not get in front of them as they landed, but I think I did okay. In my layout there is a photo of the crowd and the shack where they “suit-up”.

 

In about three hours I watched about 10 people parachuting in front of me. You can actually see the plane overhead if the weather is clear. So, once you hear and/or see the plane, it is about a minute or two when you see little black specks in the sky above you. Then all of a sudden you see the figures of the tandem divers. First and second timers have to go in tandem with a guide by law. It is really fun to hear them screaming with excitement on the way down. As they are about to land, two ground crew members run out to the field to help them land smoothly. From the field it looks as though they are “floating” up above for a while because they are directly above you. They flip and turn and swing from side to side before landing. When they land they are so excited and laughing almost in disbelief at what they have just done. It’s awesome!

 

Elements used:

 

Sandstone Mosaic Moments grid paper (two sheets)

Page pattern 59 – a panoramic photo spread

Bright blue card stock for matting

Featuring panoramic photos

I did not use any brads or 1 or 2 inch punches. Everything was cut with the craft knife.

 

In my photos you can see the sequence of shots showing them falling and getting closer. The photo with the plane is showing a group taking off for their jump and the children watching. They were all waving and the jumpers were waving back.

 

I hope you enjoy the photos as much as I enjoyed watching the jumpers. If you have any local airports nearby, you should find out if they have sky divers and check it out one afternoon. It is a thrill.

Shared by Dale Hill on August 4, 2013 | Memory Date: August 4, 2013
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Great shots Dale! I love how I can actually "see" the action, almost like I was there!! I love the sequence of the layout the most. The top-they are high in the air. The middle-they are on their way down. The bottom- they have landed! Very nicely done and thought out! Great job.
Posted By: Shannon Nixson  |  August 11, 2013 at 9:43 pm   
Great shots Dale! I love how I can actually "see" the action, almost like I was there!! I love the sequence of the layout the most. The top-they are high in the air. The middle-they are on their way down. The bottom- they have landed! Very nicely done and thought out! Great job.
Posted By: Shannon Nixson  |  August 11, 2013 at 9:43 pm   
Dale, what a great idea! Nice photos and the blue is a great accent color. Great job :)
Posted By: Julie Oconnor  |  August 10, 2013 at 6:53 pm   
Your pictures are amazing! You have captured the event perfectly.
Posted By: Candy Spiegel  |  August 7, 2013 at 2:58 pm   
One of my dreams is to skydive, so this layout really was fun to see! You did a great job of capturing the different parts of the process. The blue works well with your photos and the sandstone grid paper, too. Nice job, Dale!
Posted By: Lori Hanson  |  August 5, 2013 at 8:42 pm   
Well it may not have been the Hot Air Balloons that you wanted, but this is a colorful second best subject. You've got some sequential photos that really let us imagine the motion of floating after a jump, watching the twists and turns and the landings too. Glad you had fun taking them...next time maybe you'll go on the jump and take some photos from the air and share them with us!! Nice Job Dale!!
Posted By: Andrea Fisher  |  August 5, 2013 at 6:47 pm   
Looks like a fun way to spend the afternoon and it turned out to be a great subject for panoramic pages. I love all color and the energy in the pages. Thanks for sharing with us.
Posted By: Tami Potter  |  August 5, 2013 at 12:20 am   
I'd be scared to death to do or watch that!! But you got some great photos, Dale! Nice job!
Posted By: Heather Cartland  |  August 4, 2013 at 6:59 pm   
     

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